To ask the Scottish Executive whether any genealogical records exist in Scotland pertaining to Catholic ancestry dating further back than the 18th century; what its response is to the claim that such documents exist in the Vatican Archives in Rome, and whether it has made, or intends to make, any representations to bring these archive documents back to Scotland from the Vatican.
I have asked Mr George MacKenzie, Keeper of the Records of Scotland, to respond. His response is as follows:
The National Archives of Scotland (NAS) holds copies of Roman Catholic baptismal and marriage records from 1703 to 1970 but the original registers are held locally in the parishes. The NAS has no knowledge of genealogical records held in the Vatican Archives, and has no plans to ask for the transmission to Scotland of any records held there.